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THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: TELEPORTATION OF MEMORY

January 22, 2016 By Joseph P. Farrell

Yesterday I blogged about the emerging technology of being able to read the specific brainwaves of individual words before they are spoken by their "thinker," and about all the implications that seem to flow from such a capability. Today, in yet another article shared once again by Ms. M.W., we expand on this idea in yet another direction, namely, the notion of non-locality and entanglement:

Physicists propose the first scheme to teleport the memory of an organism

There's so much fertile ground here for our usual "let the mind roam freely" and our usual "high octane speculation," that one scarcely knows where to begin. But consider these statements:

With a strong magnetic field gradient, the internal states of a microorganism, such as the electron spin of a glycine radical, can be entangled with its center-of-mass motion and be teleported to a remote microorganism. Since internal states of an organism contain information, this proposal provides a scheme for teleporting information or memories between two remote organisms.

The proposed setup is also a quantum-limited magnetic resonance force microscope. It not only can detect the existence of single electron spins (associated to protein defects or DNA defects) like conventional MRFM, but also can coherently manipulate and detect the quantum states of electron spins. It enables some isolated electron spins that could not be read out with optical or electrical methods to be used as quantum memory for quantum information.

Li says “We propose a straightforward method to put a microorganism in two places at the same time, and provide a scheme to teleport the quantum state of a microorganism.

Ponder that last statement for a moment, and let your mind "scale up" the proposal from microorganisms to an individual human being, and let's add one assumption to this mix, and that is, that the sum total of that individual's memory fo not constitute or "sum to" that individual person, but rather, that this summation acts as a transducer of the personhood - the Jane Smithness or John Doeness - of that individual. Once such a "teleportation" of that individual's "sum total" of the memories and emotions and thoughts and decisions were transported to a different place, i.e., to a completely different context, from that point on, the two organisms or individuals would not only be entangled by the same person, but additionally, they would conceivably go on to react to the distinct contexts in different ways.

What I'm arguing or getting at here is that this whole appartus might eventually form a basis by which to experimentally verify the "multiverse" hypothesis of physicists such as Wheeler  and Everett, indeed, by creating the conditions of its possibility. And in doing so, one raises new philosophical and metaphysical questions, already implied by the manner in which I have couched the "scaled up" experiment, for at the moment of entanglement, we would appear to be dealing with one person in two entirely discrete contexts(or, if one prefer, topological regions sharing a common surface). But what happens from that point forward, when different choices and decisions are made by each individual? Do these continue to be mapped to(or shared by) the same person? Or does the growing diveregence of memories and choices in effect transduce a new person from the old entangled one?
Whatever the answers might be, one thing does seem clear from the proposals being advanced in the  article, and that is we are getting very close to possible experimental parameters that might prove to be of value in testing the multiverse hypothesis. Here, as always, time, and observation(!) will tell...
See you on the flip side....